Saving Giraffe from Extinction

Ever wonder what it takes to tackle and fit a giraffe with a GPS tracking device?  As you can imagine, this is not an easy task, taking a coordinated effort from a dedicated team of individuals.  In their recent article entitled “How Can We Save Giraffes From Extinction“, Ed Yong and The Atlantic profile activities that I was able to participate in with local and international partners last September (2019).  Make sure to view the video embedded in the article which profiles the efforts of Giraffe Conservation Foundation veterinary fellow, Sara Ferguson.  Truly amazing work that’s being conducted with local organizations in Africa.  Many, many thanks to Ed for traveling with our team and writing this story about the plight of giraffe and the ongoing efforts to save them.

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A male reticulated giraffe in Northern Kenya, moments after being fitted with the ossicone-mounted GPS tracking device.

COVID-19 dependent, we have a number of exciting activities planned over the next 6-8 months with the Giraffe Conservation Foundation.  This includes giraffe translocations in Uganda and Niger to re-populate former strongholds of the species, and GPS tagging efforts in Kenya.

On another note, is the plural of giraffe, “giraffe” or “giraffes”?  Or the plural of hippopotamus (try saying that 5 times).  Fodder for another day I think.

4 thoughts on “Saving Giraffe from Extinction

    1. Hi Marc. Good to hear from you. You may be interested in the Shiny Application that we just posted that highlights the results from our recent paper on species occupancy and richness across the Laikipia Plateau. You can view it here: https://scbi-cec.shinyapps.io/LaikipiaSmithServer/. We’re currently working on the connectivity analysis for the region, with results that we hope to be able to share soon. The manuscript is still in prep. Some cool results for the region and perhaps interesting to Lewa. Stay healthy.

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  1. Don Cayer

    Jared, Hope all is well in our new world of Corona Virus. Watching the giraffe video was a great way to start my day. Are is DC during these times, stay healthy and lay low. I know this will somehow end, sooner rather later I hope. See you soon

    don

    On Sun, Mar 29, 2020 at 1:55 PM Jared A. Stabach wrote:

    > Jared Stabach posted: “Ever wonder what it takes to tackle and fit a > giraffe with a GPS tracking device? As you can imagine, this is not an > easy task, taking a coordinated effort from a dedicated team of > individuals. In their recent article entitled “How Can We Save Giraffes ” >

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    1. Hi Don. All good here. Just trying to manage my bandwidth and get a few things done here. Exciting things with giraffe that I hope will happen later this year. We’ll see. Seems like the entire world is on lockdown.

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